ElectropaintOSX
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ElectropaintOSX is an OS X screensaver module port of Kent Rosenkoetter's clone of SGI's Electropaint screensaver "the most mesmerizing screensaver ever written". Kent's page can be found here.

Kent eloquently describes it best: "Back in the day, when SGI was the pinacle of the graphics field, included in IRIX was a pretty little screensaver known as electropaint. It consisted of only a few quads swirling around the screen on a black background, but for everyone who saw it, the memory was burned in, never to be forgotten. It was simply the most mesmerizing screensaver ever written.
What's New
For the 0.2 version, Modifications for antialiasing, VBL, parameter tweak has been done by Vincent Fiano . Thanks Vincent!
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later









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Danhoo reviewed on 13 Aug 2011
A fantastic screensaver that takes me back to SGI days of yore.
[Version 0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Apr 2005
Brilliant. OSX needs more double-buffered, 60fps savers. The simplest things look amazing when they're smooth and unbroken (graphically and temporally). I'd love to see more screensavers done this well.
[Version 0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Apr 2005
Big improvement over the previous version. As noted by the reviewer before me, it would be nice if the tiles ventured out to the edges of the screen and beyond.
[Version 0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Apr 2005
Looks good, but it seems to stay in the center 2/3 or 3/4 of the screen - watched it for five minutes and the outer left and right screen stayed black - any way to adjust this so that all pixels get randomized?
[Version 0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Feb 2005
I like it, but it definitely could use some options, and the ability to "modernize" it - i think motion blur, for example, would make it that much more amazing. At least the ability to customize the number of squares, speed, colors, etc etc would be welcome.
[Version 0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jan 2005
That is indeed mezmorizing. I like it, but "Electropaint" is a poor name for it, I think.
[Version 0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jan 2005
Stonerview makes better use out of the OpenGL capabilities of the GPU, but Electropaint's got a lot smoother feel to the movement: Stonerview has too many annoying transitions. Someone needs to merge the best features of the two.

The other cool cheap graphic effect I'd like to see in a screensaver is the Playstation 2 attract mode, with the 8 glowing balls that merge and split in various combinations as they spin in a circle.
[Version 0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jan 2005
Not bad at all. StonerView, available at
http://spazioinwind.libero.it/tpecorella/uselesssoft/software.htm
is another ElectoPaint knockoff, but adds a bunch of options (shapes speeds, etc) to the mix.
[Version 0.1]


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Downloads:6,138
Version Downloads:2,290
Type:Utilities : Screen Savers
License:Free
Date:06 Apr 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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ElectropaintOSX is an OS X screensaver module port of Kent Rosenkoetter's clone of SGI's Electropaint screensaver "the most mesmerizing screensaver ever written". Kent's page can be found here.

Kent eloquently describes it best: "Back in the day, when SGI was the pinacle of the graphics field, included in IRIX was a pretty little screensaver known as electropaint. It consisted of only a few quads swirling around the screen on a black background, but for everyone who saw it, the memory was burned in, never to be forgotten. It was simply the most mesmerizing screensaver ever written. Entire rooms of educated computer scientists were reduced to drooling unblinking zombies within minutes."

This port only wraps Kent's OpenGL code in a screensaver module using Objective-C++. The source is released under the General Public License.


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